Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday flagged off around 100 vehicle-mounted fogging machines and 375 motorcycle-borne teams with larvicide for the intensified campaign against dengue.
The caseload in Patna alone has crossed 3,000, while the whole of Bihar is suspected to be down to around 4,000 people from the infection.
Launching the campaign from Gandhi Maidan, Yadav said that all the concerned departments are working on war footing to control the disease.
“Fogging and anti-larvae campaign will be conducted regularly and effectively. Hospitals have also been prepared to deal with dengue-related cases,” said Yadav, who is also the minister for health and civil and housing department. .
Patna Municipal Corporation Commissioner Animesh Prashar said macro-level planning has been planned to ensure ward-wise fogging of malathion with diesel and spraying of larvicide in stagnant water to control the spread of mosquitoes.
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Each ward is divided into five sectors so that the fogging process can be completed in two days. At least 19 quick response teams are already active to take care of the hotspots,” the commissioner said.
Suspecting delayed rains as the reason behind the increase in mosquito population, Prasher said that sufficient quantities of chemicals such as lime power and bleaching power have been made available in all six circles within the corporation.
“Authorized suppliers of malathion and larvicidal chemicals have opened their booths at the PMC office to ensure timely and adequate availability in a transparent manner,” he added.